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From Russia with Love (1963)

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James Bond willingly falls into an assassination ploy involving a naive Russian beauty in order to retrieve a Soviet encryption device that was stolen by SPECTRE.



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James Bond 007 is on the search for a Russian decoding machine, known as Lektor. Bond needs to find this machine, before the evil SPECTRE organization discovers it first. Whilst being romantically linked with Russian girl, Tatiana Romanova, Bond sneaks his way around Istanbul, whilst each SPECTRE agent tries to pick him off, including the over powering Donald 'Red' Grant and ex-KGB agent Rosa Klebb who knows all the tricks in the books and even possesses an incredible poison tipped shoe! Written by simon_hrdng

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Release Date:

27 May 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bons baisers de Russie  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)


$24,800,000 (USA)

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(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The James Bond ally character of Ali Kerim Bey was known as "Darko" Kerim Bey in the original Ian Fleming novel of the same name. See more »


In the helicopter chase and subsequent explosion, the cable attached to the helicopter prop (and an off-camera crane) is clearly visible as the flaming wreckage falls to the ground. See more »


[first lines]
Morzeny: [after Grant kills a look-a-like Bond] Exactly one minute, fifty-two seconds. That's excellent.
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From Russia With Love
Title song written by Lionel Bart
Sung by Matt Monro
Music Conducted by Johnnie Spence (uncredited)
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Unforgettable Adventure
19 February 2013 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The SPECTRE Number 1 assigns the SPECTRE Number 3, Rosa Klebb (Lotte Lenya), who was ex-SMERSH operative before defecting Russia, and the SPECTRE Number 5 and expert planner Kronsteen (Vladek Sheybal) to plot a scheme to steal the Russian's Lektor decoder and revenge on James Bond (Sean Connery) for killing Dr. No.

Rosa Klebb recruits the SPECTRE assassin Grant (Robert Shaw) and lures the naive and loyal Russian Corporal State Security Tatiana Romanova (Daniela Bianchi), who works at the Soviet consulate in Istanbul and believes that Rosa Klebb still works for SMERSH. Meanwhile M (Bernard Lee) summons James Bond and tells that Tatiana wants to defect to London and has offered the Lektor as part of the bargain. However, she wants to go to England with Bond.

Bond and M suspect that it might be a trap, but Bond sees Tatiana's photo and decides to go to Istanbul, where he has the support of the local operative Kerim Bey (Pedro Armendariz). He meets Tatiana and they plot a plan to steal the Lektor and return to London. But they do not know that they are actually pawns in the scheme plotted by SPECTRE.

"From Russia with Love" is an unforgettable adventure of James Bond and one of my favorite movies of this franchise. The poisoned spike in the toe of Rosa Klebb is maybe the most famous scene in 007 movies that I never forget. Daniela Bianchi is one of the most beautiful Bond girls and James Bond is a top-notch spy but also vulnerable and I like that. The story is very well written and has great characters.

I do not know how many times I have seen "From Russia with Love", but the last time had been on 24 January 2000 on VHS. Yesterday I saw it again in a magnificent Bly-Ray in DTS. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Moscou Contra 007" ("Moscow against 007")

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